Rapper Fetty Wap debuts with No. 1 album as he recovers from being hit by car

Fetty Wap has an impaired eye, which he shows on his album cover (above).
Fetty Wap has an impaired eye, which he shows on his album cover (above).PHOTO: ATLANTIC RECORDS

NEW YORK • Rapper Fetty Wap's debut album opened on Sunday at No. 1 on the United States chart, triumphing even as he recovers from being hit by a car the day after the release.

Fetty Wap's self-titled album sold 129,000 copies or the digital equivalent in the week ending last Thursday to top the main Billboard chart, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

He was hit by a car on Sept 26, a day after his highly anticipated first album came out, as he drove his motorcycle in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. He was rushed to a hospital, with "#PrayForFetty" becoming a trending topic on Twitter.

He released a video on Instagram saying he expected a full recovery, but that he broke a leg in three places. He has cancelled a number of concerts that were planned to promote the album.

He rose quickly from obscurity and a rough childhood with Trap Queen, a melodious tale of love and drug-dealing in which he both sings and raps.

Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, has also gained attention for not wearing a prosthetic on his left eye which has been impaired since childhood due to glaucoma. Instead, he shows his disability proudly on the album cover.

The debut album also carries the hit My Way, which features a verse by Drake, one of the top-grossing rappers of the past year.

Incidentally, Fetty Wap's debut pushed Drake's latest work to second place on the Billboard chart.

What A Time To Be Alive, a mixtape by Drake and fellow rapper Future, had opened at No. 1 the previous week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Rapper in accident debuts with No. 1 album'. Print Edition | Subscribe